Halloween is an odd holiday. The ostensible concept—as it has evolved to become—is to shock, startle, frighten, petrify, horrify, and/or terrify…all while consuming enough high fructose corn syrup to keep the American Dental Association content for another century or two.
But as you devour those Twizzlers, Bon Bons, and Almond Joys, you might wanna chew on this factoid: For the first time in history, there are as many underweight people in the world as there are overweight people.
Step away from the candy corn…
Every year, as October 31 nears, loyal consumers also squander a small fortune to adorn their soon-to-be-foreclosed-upon abodes with Made-in-China images of tombstones, skulls, ghouls, goblins, monsters, zombies, and even the occasional bloody severed limb or two.
Here’s one more 24/7 real-life nightmare far more dreadful than anything Halloween can conjure up: When all those kids come knocking on your door, expecting candy and other toxins, you might wish to remind yourself that across the globe, an estimated 29,158 children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes every single day.
Cue the ominous music:
Under the age of 5.
Every single day.
From preventable causes.
The next time you’re at a sporting event or a concert, take a good, slow look around you and get a feel for what 29,158 looks like.
It’s a whole lot more terrifying than the whir of a chainsaw echoing down a desolate Texas highway.